If you have ever experienced a blocked kitchen sink, you know that there are some items that are not meant to go down the drain. While you may think most liquids are safe for plumbing because they are in your home, you might also be surprised to learn that many products that you use every day can cause serious issues in your plumbing and to the environment.
Here is a list of 5 common household items to keep out of your pipes, brought to you from of all of us at Benicia Plumbing:
1. Paper towels/pre-moistened wipes/cotton balls
Toilet paper is flushed every day, but it is designed to break down when in contact with water. Other paper objects are more durable, so instead of dissolving, they just block the pipes or increase the probability of a sewer back up or overflow. If that happens, well, you are going to need plenty more paper towels.
For a long time, people have flushed extra medications or poured them in drains, thinking it was safe to do. Unfortunately, those prescriptions find their way to our water supply, including lakes, rivers, oceans, and ground water. The impact on the environment is not worth it, especially if many people continue to dispose of their old medicine in this fashion.
3. Cooking oil, grease or fat
Any cooking fat will create build up over time that can lead to a blocked kitchen sink, clogged drains, and a lot of headaches. Some of these items may be composted, although they may attract animals. Community recycling centers may also accept them for biodiesel, so you may have several options for better disposal.
4. Coffee ground and egg shells
An old belief is that both of these kitchen waste items are fine to put in your garbage disposal. But in fact, they are a frequent cause for clogged drains, creating the kind of blockage that will earn you a scolding from the plumber. Again, these kitchen scraps are compostable and easily reused.
5. Cleaning products
They may be approved for cleaning surfaces in your home, but many cleaning products contain phosphates and other harmful chemicals that will do a number to the environment. Some of these products may also combine in your drains to create a corrosive substance that will weaken your pipes.
At Benicia Plumbing, Inc., we’ve been serving our clients since 1975 and always looking to utilize the latest technology in today’s plumbing world. By providing complete plumbing services to businesses, industry, homebuilders and homeowners throughout the northern California Bay Area, we’ve been able to stay at the forefront of this industry and succeed at a high level.
Sources: USA Today and Good Housekeeping